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Everything we do, we must do with Love

By Elder Joe Hamilton Submitted on behalf  of New Beginning Word Ministry

By Elder Joe Hamilton
Submitted on behalf of New Beginning Word Ministry

The country lately seems to be embroiled in a societal nightmare because the disciplining methods of a National Football League player executed upon his 4-year-old child displayed some injuries to the child. Immediately the firestorm brought out the people telling about “sparing the rod” and how our forefathers would heave a piece of firewood, whippings with a plow line, etc. as a form of correcting an errant youngster. They’d also add, “And I didn’t turn out so bad”. Many times we respond to events when the visual media (TV) pull us into the fray based on what is the flavor of the month, whether it is ISIS and its beheadings, football players and domestic abuse, shootings, or whatever serves to excite our lives.

The problem with the child abuse charge is, we tend to wrap it up in a nice biblical package and try to satisfy our spiritual drought about things relating to the God of the Christian bible. I am sure we’ve all quoted or misquoted Proverbs 13:24 where we are admonished thus, “He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes” (quickly or early as the situation warrants). I’ve witnessed very poor behaviors by children only to see the parents do absolutely nothing. In such instances Proverbs 13:24 admonishes us as adults to take corrective actions to prevent this behavior from growing into an unruly lifestyle. On may not be so bad.

However, Jesus Christ said, Suffer (allow) the little children to come to him because they make up the kingdom of heaven. Children have a natural innocence and curiosity. Children will ask things because they do know how to lie and be deceptive, yet, as a parent of three grown children, there are many things I’d like to have done differently. Nonetheless, I’ve tried to tell them enough so they do not repeat my mistakes. In correcting our children, if we do anything without LOVE, then similar to smoke, it dissipates and no longer visible. 1 Corinthians 13 speaks about Love as Patient and Kind, then the chapter concludes with this, now these three remains, faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is Love.


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